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21 Of The TIME's Most Influential Pictures Of All The Time

Since its commencement, TIME magazine has been synonymous not just with the remarkable journalism but also with the outstanding photography. Now, TIME is debuting an unparalleled exploration of the most influential pictures of all the time to mark the 175th anniversary of photography and birth of photojournalism.

While the photographs may not be popular or well-known, each of them is unique and commemorates a particular event.

Here we have handpicked 21 of the most influential pictures of all the time.

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21 Of The TIME's Most Influential Pictures Of All The
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21 Of The TIME's Most Influential Pictures Of All The Time

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1. A SINGLE drop of milk

1. A SINGLE drop of milk

This 'Milk Drop Coronet' picture of the 1950s gave a new dimension to photography. It proved that photography could advance technology and human understanding and awareness of the physical world.

2. Fetus, 18 weeks

2. Fetus, 18 weeks

The picture photographed by Lennart Nilsson in 1965. This picture of a baby is something that nobody would have ever seen or known.

3. Tank Man, 1989

3. Tank Man, 1989

This got photographed by Jeff Widener when Tiananmen Square massacre took place. He was sent to capture the aftermath and there he saw a column of tanks rolling.

4. Muhammad Ali VS. Sonny Liston

4. Muhammad Ali VS. Sonny Liston

Neil Leifer captured the picture showing Muhammad Ali's first-round knockout of Sonny Liston in 1965.

5. Emmett Till, 1955

5. Emmett Till, 1955

Emmet Till, a black teenager who was shot and killed ruthlessly by a white woman's husband and his half-brother. Whether Till flirted or whistled at her isn't known. But Till was killed and a 75-pound metal fan was held around his neck.

6. Earthrise, 1968

6. Earthrise, 1968

This was captured by William Anders, NASA. It was the first time when people knew about the shape and appearance of earth.

7. Epic Oscar selfie

7. Epic Oscar selfie

Ellen DeGeneres, in the middle of 2014 Oscars, corralled few of the biggest stars to squeeze in for a selfie.

8. Amazing pillars of creation

8. Amazing pillars of creation

NASA photographed this one in 1995 to show great pillars of creations. It was captured to tell about the depth and transparency of universe.

9. Pillow fight

9. Pillow fight

Harry Benson captured 'sweet moments of pillow fight' in 1964. Amazing, isn't it?

10. The playful lunch-break picture

10. The playful lunch-break picture

Picture showing 11 men, casually eating as if they weren't 840 feet above Manhattan. But in reality, it was only a thin beam keeping them aloft.

11. Untitled Film Still #21

11. Untitled Film Still #21

Cindy Sherman introduced photography as postmodern performance art. It was Sherman's creation entirely.

12. Molotov Man

12. Molotov Man

Susan Meiselas travelled to Nicaragua in the late 1970s and captured Molotov Man for defining the symbol of the revolution.

13. The ravages of war

13. The ravages of war

Jahangir Razmi witnessed the killing of people who were lined up at Sanandaj Airport and gunned down side by side in Iran in 1979.

14. Dovima with elephants, 1955

14. Dovima with elephants, 1955

This is when Richard Avedon captured Dovima at a Paris circus in 1955 for Harper's Bazaar. And this picture became famous fashion photograph of all the time.

15. Famine in Somalia

15. Famine in Somalia

This picture says more than just words. James Nachtwey captured the spiraling famine in Somalia.

16. Truth about AIDS

16. Truth about AIDS

Therese Frare shared a picture of a 32-year-old man on his deathbed with the aim of changing the perspective of people about AIDS.

17. Mahatma Gandhi and the spinning wheel

17. Mahatma Gandhi and the spinning wheel

When Gandhi Ji was jailed by British rulers in Pune (India), he made his own thread with a charkha i.e. a spinning wheel. The picture was captured by Margaret Bourke-White in 1946.

18. All about North Korea

18. All about North Korea

David Guttenfelder was the chief photographer in Asia who captured this picture. It was 2013 when they opened 3G network for everyone.

19. The hand of Mrs Wilhelm Rontgen.

19. The hand of Mrs Wilhelm Rontgen.

Photograph by Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen in 1985. He said, 'I did not think, I investigated'.

20. Michael Jordan

20. Michael Jordan

The most famous silhouette ever captured in 1984 by Co Rentmeester. It shows basketball star soaring through the air with left arm stretched to the stars.

21. The Loch Ness monster

21. The Loch Ness monster

This was taken by British doctor Robert Wilson in April 1934.

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